Tag Archives: Henry Kissinger

Mutually Agreeable Explanations

There was Henry Kissinger’s involvement in the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile, and his role in the Greek junta’s attempt in 1974 to assassinate Archbishop Makarios, the president of Cyprus, and his support of the Indonesian invasion of … Continue reading

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Hillary’s Hero

Henry Kissinger was the master of Realpolitik – the amoral assessment of national interests. He was certainly aware of humanitarian concerns and doing the right thing and all that idealistic talk about spreading freedom and democracy, but that was irrelevant … Continue reading

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The End of Purposeful Ambiguity

Henry Kissinger once described diplomacy as “purposeful ambiguity” – and he was either a brilliant diplomat or a war criminal – or maybe he was both. The two are not mutually exclusive, because diplomacy relies on agreements to keep things … Continue reading

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In the Absence of Alternatives

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.” ~ Henry Kissinger “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.” ~ Abba Eban Clever quotes are cool, but these two guys may have … Continue reading

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In Transit

We’re old now. After the amazing sixties ended – graduation in the last June of the decade, with the Beatles calling it off, with Richard Nixon in the White House, with Henry Kissinger at his side – adulthood began, such … Continue reading

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